The report adds that another 418 teachers have received formal notification that they are about to be terminated.
The Sunday Times went through some statistics to show the extent of the problem. The following is some of what they found in disciplinary records:
* 187 cases of assault and corporal punishment
* 183 cases of theft, fraud and mismanagement of school funds
* 403 cases of absenteeism, including 90 cases of absconding
* 28 cases of being under the influence of liquor or other drugs
* 41 teachers were demoted for unprofessional conduct
* 296 were fined the equivalent of a month’s salary for misconduct
* A Kwa-Zulu-Natal teacher facing a murder charge
* A teacher was found guilty of molesting a child
* 2 teachers sexually molested 3 three mentally disabled pupils
* Several teachers are charged with assaulting colleagues
What is going on in education? This is a shocking report that requires urgent attention at the highest levels of accountability.
Educators cannot be victimizers in the terms above.
Of course, this report will draw racist commentary from those who will see these statistics as a sign of Black inferiority.
See this obtuse and typically racist prognosis by a Sunday Times reader:
mulberry (Dec 2 2007 3:02AM): "If all the white teachers hadn't left the country or were still wanted in the education department, maybe this wouldn't be happening. What is it with black people and sexual assault?"
Oh yeah that is the problem right there: The absence of white teachers who taught in privileged white schools.
If all the white expats would only return to South Africa we could solve all the problems that face the country in an instant.
The problem is one of development and the professionalization of teacher education in keeping with the tensions that surround our post-apartheid realities.
Racialization of the problem is just as tired as the myth that apartheid was a better time for South Africa.
But before you give up hope see this story of a principal who turned his school around.